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Deputy Sheriff Nelson Maxey | Washington County Sheriff's Office, Texas Washington County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Deputy Sheriff

Nelson Maxey

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, November 19, 1869

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 55

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: escaped

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Deputy Sheriff Nelson Maxey, a deputy sheriff and appointed constable of the precinct, was attempting to preserve order in the courtroom of Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace J. W. McCowan in Washington-on-the-Brazos. Robert (Bob) Gooden and James Shapard pulled six-shooters and killed the lawman and attempted to kill the judge. Both men escaped. Military authorities attempted to locate them. Very little information is known about the incident or the disposition of the two suspects. Nelson Maxey had been a deputy sheriff at least since 1860.

Deputy Sheriff Nelson Maxey was survived by his wife, two daughters and one son. He was reported by the family to have been buried in Washington County, but no gravesite has been located.

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Deputy Sheriff Maxey,
On today, the 146th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Washington County.


United States Border Patrol
November 19, 2015


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